: Turkey apologises for downing Russian jet

17:49 Jun. 27, 2016

Turkey apologises for downing Russian jet

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Dec. 3, 2015. (AP Photo)

Putin's spokesman says Erdogan wants to restore 'friendly relations' with Moscow

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has apologized to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish military last November. That's according to presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, who on June 27 claimed Erdoğan had "expressed his sympathy and condolences to the family of the dead pilot and apologized."

Peskov also stated the Turkish President had said he wanted restoration of friendly relations between the two countries.

There was no immediate comment from Turkish authorities.

On June 1, Putin's spokesperson said Russian and Turkey could return to normal relations if Turkey apologized and paid financial compensation.

The relations between the countries deteriorated on November 24, 2015, when Russian fighter jet Fencer (NATO reporting name) was downed by the Turkish aircraft over Latakia, Syrian city. Turkish military officials claimed that the Russian plane violated the airspace of Turkey while conducting its military operation in Syria.

Russia has imposed trade sanctions against Turkey, including freezing investment projects and restricting food imports

Based on reporting by RFE/RL

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